Writing For Children & Young Adults by Marion CrookWriting For Children & Young Adults by Marion Crook

Writing For Children & Young Adults

byMarion Crook

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The dynamic world of reading and writing has changed greatly over the past few years. Writers are pitching their ideas online, exchanging works in progress with critique partners and forming street teams to promote their work. The online community of writers is a fast-paced and often confusing place. In the publishing world today, writers need to direct online traffic to their book and stimulate sales. In addition to the tried and true advice author Marion Crook shared in earlier editions of Writing for Children and Young Adults, in this vibrant new edition, Crook explains some of the nuances and choices about the writing world online that can overwhelm writers.In Writing for Children and Young Adults, Third Edition, Crook introduces new opportunities in a genre called New Adult for 18-25-year-old readers. As well, she revisits the fundamentals of writing: establishing character, creating lively dialogue and developing plot with stories from her own writing career and with updated worksheets and examples. This edition of the book shows the writer how to begin a story, plan plot, develop and hone it for an agent or publisher. It explains how to make the crucial submission for a book that agents want to represent and publishers want to buy. Writing for Children and Young Adults helps you create the book that can help you create the manuscript that sells!Learn how to —• Determine which age group to write for• Develop believable characters• Discover what motivates your characters• Write the first line — and the first chapter• Research settings• Write realistic dialogue• Use conflict and tension effectively• Work turning points into your plot• Create intimacy with the reader• Banish writer’s block• Submit your manuscript to publishers• Deal with criticism• Promote your published bookThe new edition includes —• An introduction to the lively world of author online presence and marketing• New genre of New Adult• The perfect submission to agents and publishers• Updated fundamentals of writing: character, setting, plot packing, tension and conflict - 20160209
Marion Crook has written many books for young adult and middle readers. Here, she offers advice on writing, publishing and marketing. Crook’s background in child development education as a nurse and her PhD in education giver her solid knowledge, but she maintains that a keen observation of people, places and events can be the author’s...
Title:Writing For Children & Young AdultsFormat:PerfectProduct dimensions:184 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.36 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.36 inPublished:October 18, 2016Publisher:Self-Counsel PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770402764

ISBN - 13:9781770402768


Table of Contents

Introduction xiii1 In the Beginning 11. Why Write? 12. A Writer’s Attitude 33. A Writer’s Beliefs 33.1 Believing in your characters 53.2 Believing in your readers 63.3 Letting your audience believe in you 64. A Writer’s Responsibilities 75. Moral Tales 86. Appropriation of Voice 97. The Many Paths from Which to Choose 102 The Basic Ingredients of a Story 131. Character 131.1 The roster 141.2 Appearance 151.3 Depth 161.4 Contrast 171.5 Credibility 171.6 Habits 18iv Writing for Children and Young Adults1.7 Intelligence 191.8 Diction 191.9 Names 222. Setting 232.1 Place 232.2 Time 242.3 Research 252.4 Fantasy 262.5 The educational aspect of settings 272.6 Mood 272.7 How does your character relate to place? 283. Plot 283.1 Motivation 293.2 Action 303.3 Development 303.4 Conflict 313.5 Who solves the problem? 323.6 Logic 333.7 Subplots 333.8 Beats 333.9 Turning points 343.10 Endings 343.11 Experiment 333 Getting Started 371. A Room of One’s Own 372. Your Summary Statement 383. Creating Characters 394. Planning an Outline 395. Organize Your Writing Time 416. First Lines 417. The First Chapter 428. Reviewing the Outline 439. Financial Considerations 4410. Sanity 45Contents v4 The Craft of Writing 491. Narrator 491.1 Viewpoint 491.2 The character’s point of view 521.3 First person or third person? 522. Dialogue 533. Mixing Dialogue and Narrative 533.1 Let the characters speak 533.2 Accents 553.3 Slang and swear words 563.4 Transitions 574. Creating Tension, Establishing Pace 585. Emotions and Intimacy: Connecting with the Reader 596. Style 606.1 Imagery 606.2 Language 626.3 The perfect word 636.4 Defining your style 657. Grammar and Composition 667.1 Is it important? 667.2 Usage: The right word 708. Writer’s Block 709. Rewriting 729.1 The first rewrite 729.2 The second rewrite 7410. Criticism 7410.1 Inviting criticism 7410.2 Striving for balance 7610.3 Dealing with criticism 7711. Defining Yourself As a Writer 785 Writing for Different Groups of Readers 801. Genres 812. Who Is Your Reader? 823. Picture Books 843.1 Formats 86vi Writing for Children and Young Adults3.2 Content 1893.3 Language 913.4 Illustrators 914. Ages Six to Eight 924.1 Formats 924.2 Content 924.3 Language 935. Juveniles or Middle-Grade 945.1 Formats 955.2 Content 955.3 Language 966. Young Adult, Teens 966.1 Format 966.2 Content 976.3 Language 987. New Adult 997.1 Format 997.2 Content 1997.3 Language 1008. Age-Appropriate Critics 1006 Writing Nonfiction 1031. Purpose 1042. Format 1053. Curriculum 1064. Accurate Research 1065. Begin with an Idea 1086. Develop an Outline 1087. Review 1098. Specialization 1109. The Second Book 1117 Marketing Your Story to Publishers 1131. The Publishing Process 1142. Self-Publishing 114Contents vii3. Market Research 1163.1 Educational publishers 1163.2 Submission guidelines 1173.3 Publishing categories 1173.4 What publishers buy 1183.5 Rejection 1194. How to Approach the Market 1204.1 The query letter 1204.2 The synopsis 1214.3 The author’s platform 1224.4 Multiple submissions 1224.5 Appearance of manuscript 1234.6 Planning ahead 1244.7 Agents 1265. Copyright 1286. Contracts 1286.1 Delivery date 1296.2 Definition of rights 1296.3 Publisher’s obligation to publish 1296.4 Copyright 1296.5 Royalties 1306.6 Licenses 1326.7 Warranties and indemnities 1326.8 Moral rights 1336.9 Author’s copies 1336.10 Right of first refusal 1336.11 Reversion of rights 1337. Being Your Own Contractor 1348 Marketing Your Book Online 1351. Tools 1361.1 Websites 1361.2 Email 1371.3 Blogs 1381.4 Twitter and other social media sites 139viii Writing for Children and Young Adults2. Promotion 1392.1 What you can do 1392.2 Blog book tours 1412.3 Giving away your work 1412.4 Guest blogs 1422.5 Reaching the reader 1422.6 Additional tips on promotion 1433. Selling Your Already Published Work Online 1443.1 Self-published hard copy 1443.2 Self-published e-books 1454. E-books 1464.1 Format: Creating the e-book 1464.2 Registering your e-book 1474.3 What does the reader need to access in your book? 1474.4 The business of e-books 1479 Book Promotion 1491. Promoting 1502. Interviews 1533. The Enjoyment Factor 1544. Your Backlist 1555. Reviews 155Conclusion: Is It Worth Doing At All? 159Afterword 163Download Kit 165 - 20160915

Editorial Reviews

"An Inspiring Delight! Marion Crook shares her personal view of writing, from years of Writing, publishing and teaching, in such a lively style that readers are immediately drawn into the whole process. She cleverly shares her own experiences, second thoughts, and viewpoints--all highlighted with practical examples and quotes. A strong section is the examination of the craft of writing, focusing on increasing skills to plot the action, development, conflict, and turning points along with increasing the depth, creditability and speech of characters. Crook’s work is unique in presenting a broad scope of the field of literature forchildren--writing, rewriting, publishing and promotion. Experienced writers will gain valuable tips and insights as they reflect on their own endeavors. This book is not just valuable for writers, as parents, teachers and educators will find that it offers a unique insight into ‘what is a good book for children!’ The specific suggestions for writers (character development, plot structure, voice) will resonate with adult readers wishing to heighten their awareness of the qualities to be found in fine writing for young people." —Dr. Ronald Jobe, Professor Emeritus, Department of Language & Literacy Education, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia